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Updated List of EU Harmonised Toy Safety Standards Published, Showing Two ‘First Publications’ Which will be of Interest to Hong Kong’s Toy Sellers

17 Aug 2018

The toy safety Directive sets out the essential safety requirements with regard to toys. These include the particular safety requirements regarding physical and mechanical properties, flammability, ch...Read More

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Official Journal Summary

17 Aug 2018

Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Pa...Read More

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EU Progresses with Anti-dumping and Anti-subsidy Probes Against Imports of E-bikes from Mainland China, with Definitive Duties Now Expected in January 2019

16 Aug 2018

It was reported on 9 August 2018 that the anti-dumping investigation with regard to imports of e-bikes from mainland China will be concluded, at the latest, by 18 January 2019. Besides deciding on the...Read More

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EU Fines Well-known Electronics Manufacturers for Imposing Fixed or Minimum Resale Prices on Online Sales of Consumer Goods

10 Aug 2018

Hong Kong’s electronic goods sellers may like to know that the Commission’s investigation into the four electronics manufacturers took place in the broader context of concerns over commercial practice...Read More

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UK Government Sets Out Proposal for New Free Trade Area Ensuring Frictionless Trade and Continued Regulatory Alignment

10 Aug 2018

On 12 July 2018, the UK government published a White Paper setting out its plans for a future relationship with the EU. Two areas will be of special interest to Hong Kong businesses: the UK’s proposal...Read More

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Sweden Calls on EU to Restrict Additional Substances in Electronics Under RoHS

10 Aug 2018

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) has released a report proposing that the European Commission restrict the use of medium-chained chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs) in electrical and electronic equipment ...Read More

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EU Adopts New Regulation on Cosmetics Aimed at Restricting Use of Fragrance Ingredients and Fragrance Compounds in Leave-on and Rinse-off Products

10 Aug 2018

On 1 August 2018, Commission Regulation 2018/978 entered into force, having as its aim the amendment of the EU’s framework Regulation on Cosmetic Products (Regulation 1223/2009) with regard to fragran...Read More

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ECHA Calls for Evidence on Hazardous Substance Used in Food Contact Materials and Electronics, Among Other Products

10 Aug 2018

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has issued a call for information on uses of Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid (PFHxS), its salts and related substances. Norway is currently preparing an EU-wide r...Read More

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EU Inspections Project Announced, Focusing on Online Sales of Hazardous Substances and Consumer Goods Containing Them

10 Aug 2018

The Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement (the Forum) has recently held its 30th meeting where it announced its eighth enforcement project. The project is notable, as it will focus on onlin...Read More

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Highest EU Court Rules That Well-known Footwear Company’s Red Soles Qualify for Trademark Protection

10 Aug 2018

Earlier this summer, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) handed down a judgment in response to a request for a preliminary ruling from the District Court of The Hague in the Netherla...Read More

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Judgment in EU Energy Labelling Case Could Have Ramifications for Hong Kong Suppliers of Home Appliance Products

10 Aug 2018

On 25 July 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) handed down a ruling on energy labelling, in a case that had been initiated by well-known electronics manufacturer Dyson against ...Read More

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Anti-dumping Actions

10 Aug 2018

Glazed and unglazed ceramic flags and paving, hearth or wall tiles; glazed and unglazed ceramic mosaic cubes and the like, whether or not on a backing, currently falling within HS code 6907. This desc...Read More

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Official Journal Summary

10 Aug 2018

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/1063 of 16 May 2018 amending and correcting Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of th...Read More

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European Union Renews Focus for a Common Mobile Phone Charger

9 Aug 2018

The Commission has been driving its agenda for a common charger for nearly a decade. Traditionally, mobile phones were only compatible with specific mobile phone chargers which varied according to the...Read More

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U.S. Trade Deal with EU Raises Hope of Progress with Mainland China, Other Trading Partners

27 July 2018

President Trump held a joint meeting with European Commission President Juncker on 25 July to announce that the EU had agreed to purchase more U.S. soybeans and liquified natural gas and launch discus...Read More

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Commission Imposes Provisional Safeguard Measures on Steel Products

27 July 2018

On 18 July 2018, Commission Implementing Regulation 2018/1013 imposing provisional safeguard measures with regard to imports of certain steel products was published in the Official Journal of the EU. ...Read More

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EU Prepares Retaliatory Measures Against US Tariffs on Cars and Car Parts

27 July 2018

In some of the latest news concerning the EU’s trade tussle with the US, it has come to light that the European Commission is drawing up a list of rebalancing measures against potential US tariffs on ...Read More

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European Commission Takes Action Against Everyday Consumer Goods Which Contain One or More of Four Phthalates

27 July 2018

On 12 July 2018, the European Commission announced plans to restrict articles which contain one or more of four phthalates. The phthalates to be targeted are Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Benzy...Read More

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European Chemicals Agency Publishes Note on Identification of Microplastics in Anticipation of Ban

27 July 2018

On 11 July 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a Note outlining its approach to the identification of microplastics, and a possible ban (or partial ban) on their use. The note reports...Read More

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Advisory Body Adopts Guidelines on Which Kinds of Personal Data Transfers to Non-EU Countries are Permitted

27 July 2018

On 25 May 2018, the European Data Protection Board (the EDPB) adopted Guidelines on the derogations that are allowed with regard to international data transfers of an individual’s (e.g. a customer’s) ...Read More

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